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Black Friday brings UK record e-commerce sales
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:00:00 GMT


Black Friday helped UK online retail sales to break records in November, according to figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index.
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Vietnam "promise" for Italy textile machinery
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:00 GMT


Vietnam is "one of the most promising" future markets for Italy's textile machine industry, says ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machine Manufacturers.
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Bangladesh poised for apprenticeship drive
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:45:00 GMT


A five-year project is aiming to popularise apprenticeships in Bangladesh and promote their benefits to workers and the economy alike.
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Ecuador set for enhanced trading status with EU
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:51:00 GMT


Ecuador is poised to enjoy enhanced trading status with the European Union after the signing of a protocol between the two parties.
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Top company strategic reviews of 2014
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:48:00 GMT


Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to heavy promotional activity in order to keep sales up. Subsequently, however, margins and earnings were hit. As a result, a large number of firms were forced to carry out strategic reviews on their business operations in order to turn their businesses around. Here are some of those that just-style has reported on this year.
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Jigsaw hails "strong" full-year performance
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:40:00 GMT


UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has hailed what it has described as a "strong set of results" for the full year, booking profit and sales growth in a challenging environment.
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Indian Govt textile mill policy draws criticism
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:43:00 GMT


A former chief official at the Indian Textiles Ministry has attacked government plans to prolong the life of loss-making state-owned textile mills.
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2014: Year in review - Brand winners and losers
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:43:00 GMT


Successful turnaround plans, strong export growth, and innovative products paid dividends for some brands in 2014, while others were dented by takeover talk, adverse currency impacts and unsubstantiated marketing claims.
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2014: Year in review - Retail winners and losers
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:00 GMT


International expansion, strong online performance and ethical commitments helped lift some retailers during 2014, but merchandise misses, the closure of underperforming stores, and a profit overstatement weighed on others.
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2014: Year in review - The unusual and unexpected
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:03:00 GMT


Wearable technology, 3D printing, and new frontier fabrics: 2014 was the year where science wove itself onto threads as never before.
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2014: Year in review - Sourcing winners and losers
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:44:00 GMT


2014 was a tumultuous year for many garment-making countries. While some were burdened by ongoing industrial unrest and allegations of poverty wages and labour violations, others saw exports increase in a critically competitive environment.
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H&M unveils latest eco-friendly Conscious Collection
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:10:00 GMT


Swedish fashion retailer H&M has launched its new eco-friendly Conscious Collection, and named actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde as the new face of the line.
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American Apparel appoints Schneider CEO
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:03:00 GMT


US retailer American Apparel has appointed industry veteran Paula Schneider as chief executive, to replace ousted Dov Charney.
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UK factory gate prices fall despite apparel growth
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:10:00 GMT


The output price index for all goods produced by UK manufacturers - also known as factory gate prices - continued to fall in November, despite an increase in apparel prices.
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UK set for festive Click & Collect surge
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:11:00 GMT


Retailers in the UK are facing a surge in the use of click and collect services as online sales boom over the Christmas period, according to research commissioned by Barclays.
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Messe Frankfurt team to manage fair growth in Turkey
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:34:00 GMT


Trade fair group Messe Frankfurt Istanbul has appointed a new management team to oversee the growth of its events in Turkey.
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Wolford in profit as Sensarma named new CEO
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:54:00 GMT


Austrian hosiery brand Wolford AG has named Ashish Sensarma as its new CEO, and returned to a profit in the first six months of the year.
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Apparel manufacturing leads US reshoring trend
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:27:00 GMT


Apparel manufacturing has defied expectations by being one of the leading industries bringing manufacturing back to the US, a new index suggests.
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Agreement aims to eradicate Cambodia child labour
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:43:00 GMT


A new agreement involving manufacturers and Better Factories Cambodia aims to eliminate child labour in the country's garment industry.
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North Face debuts locally-grown "backyard" hoodie
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:16:00 GMT


VF-owned outdoor brand The North Face has developed a cotton hoodie that was designed, sourced and manufactured within 150 miles of its headquarters in California.
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Bangladesh: The business benefits of compliance
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:17:00 GMT


Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices? While a major discussion point for ready-made garment exporters at the recent Dhaka Apparel Summit, retailers and brands prefer to focus instead on the business benefits of a compliant supply chain.
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Messe Frankfurt Istanbul appoints two MDs
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:34:00 GMT


Trade fair group Messe Frankfurt Istanbul has appointed a new management team to oversee the growth of its events in Turkey.
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Work-related footwear leads US shoe sales
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:17:00 GMT


Sales of US fashion footwear dipped slightly in the first ten months of the year, despite good growth for the work and outdoor segments.
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Report urges overhaul of Cambodia factory safety
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:57:00 GMT


Safety in Cambodian garment factories needs to be improved through a complete overhaul of building regulations and the inspection regime, says a new report.
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Bebe appoints Wiggett as permanent CEO
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:32:00 GMT


Women's wear retailer Bebe Stores has appointed interim CEO Jim Wiggett into the chief executive role on a permanent basis.
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Brown Shoes divests online Shoes.com unit
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:02:00 GMT


Footwear business Brown Shoe has sold its online business, Shoes.com, as it looks to invest in more strategic omni-channel, online and mobile efforts.
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Shanghai Challenge takes stake in Masood Textile Mills
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:26:00 GMT


China's Shanghai Challenge Textile Company has acquired a 24.36% stake in Masood Textile Mills, one of the few vertically integrated textile and apparel makers in Pakistan.
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Crocs appoints Spanx exec Ribatt as CEO
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:39:00 GMT


US footwear business Crocs has appointed veteran footwear and apparel industry executive Gregg Ribatt as its chief executive officer.
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Electronic wage system trial for Bangladesh workers
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:52:00 GMT


US non-governmental organisation Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) has teamed up with City Bank to launch a research project to analyse the benefits of offering Bangladeshi garment workers electronic wage payments.
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LC Waikiki selects PLM for product development
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:36:00 GMT


Turkish apparel retailer LC Waikiki Retail Company has deployed a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to support its product development and expansion plans.
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H&M books double-digit Q4 sales growth
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:02:00 GMT


Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz H&M has posted double-digit sales growth for the fourth quarter and the month of November, with the numbers coming in slightly above analyst expectations.
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Shop Direct promotes Pateras in exec reshuffle
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:41:00 GMT


Online retailer Shop Direct has promoted Greg Pateras to the role of group finance director as part of a raft of management changes.
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Escada hires McMahon to take helm
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:58:00 GMT


German fashion brand Escada has appointed Glenn McMahon as its new chief executive officer.
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Orla Kiely licensing deal signed for Japan
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:01:00 GMT


Kiely Rowan, parent of international lifestyle and fashion brands Orla Kiely and Etc., has signed a licensing deal with marketing and distribution firm Fujii Company of Japan.
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Bangladesh knitting worker killed by faulty lift
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:43:00 GMT


The importance of health and safety committees at ready-made garment factories has been highlighted after a worker was killed by a faulty lift system in Bangladesh.
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Madagascar and Guinea now eligible for AGOA benefits
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:27:00 GMT


Madagascar and Guinea are now eligible for textile and apparel benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after adopting effective visa systems and related procedures to prevent unlawful trans-shipments and the use of counterfeit documents.
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Four Paws launches responsible down initiative
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:19:00 GMT


International animal welfare organisation Four Paws has launched an online initiative designed to encourage outdoor apparel firms to become stricter on the sourcing of their down feather.
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Permira further reduces Hugo Boss stake
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:38:00 GMT


Private equity firm Permira has reduced its stake in German fashion retailer Hugo Boss for a second time this year.
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Electronic wage system trial for Bangla workers
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:52:00 GMT


US non-governmental organisation Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) has teamed up with City Bank to launch a research project to analyse the benefits of offering Bangladeshi garment workers electronic wage payments.
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Bangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports?
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:49:00 GMT


The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies. But while the plans are big in scope they are also short on detail, and executives at last week's inaugural Dhaka Apparel Summit suggest massive challenges still remain if the country is to reach its goal.
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Gymboree confident of progress despite Q3 loss
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:05:00 GMT


US children's apparel retailer Gymboree Corporation has widened its net loss in the third quarter, but the company says it is making progress with sales up nearly 23%.
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Evodown expands and gains Bluesign approval
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:24:00 GMT


Following the successful launch of Thermore Evodown, the synthetic down will now been made available to the active sportswear and outdoor market, and has gained Bluesign approval.
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Global online luxury market set to double
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:27:00 GMT


The global online luxury market will more than double in the next five years, research shows, as brands reluctant to make websites transactional, such as Tom Ford, succumb.
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Tommy Hilfiger launches solar-powered jacket
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:01:00 GMT


With demand for wearable technology growing, Tommy Hilfiger, a wholly owned brand of PVH Corp, has launched a limited-edition solar-powered jacket for the holiday season.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:22:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include an interview with Seth Ellison, group president for Europe at Levi Strauss, Bangladesh's apparel exports to the US continue to slide in October, and VF Corp issues Bangladesh factory safety funding.
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Discounting fails to boost UK high street footfall
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:08:00 GMT


Significant discounting by UK retailers over the Black Friday weekend failed to boost shopper traffic, with high streets reporting the largest decline.
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PE firm Advent "finalist" for Stuart Weitzman
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:41:00 GMT


Global private equity firm Advent International is understood to be one of three finalists in the race for control of US footwear firm Stuart Weitzman.
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Lenzing eyes second 'jumbo' Tencel plant
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:11:00 GMT


Lenzing Group says it will construct an additional 'jumbo' Tencel production plant if demand for the fibre continues, as it highlighted the success of the first six months of production at its Austria plant.
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IN THE MONEY: Lululemon confident of turning a corner
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:11:00 GMT


Canadian yoga wear brand Lululemon Athletica says it has turned an important corner and will be relentless about accelerating forward, after revealing third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.
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Chinese retailer Peacebird to streamline with PLM
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:01:00 GMT


Chinese fast fashion retailer Peacebird is implementing Lectra Fashion PLM to streamline its product lifecycle and collection management abilities.
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Clothing drives US retail sales growth
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:41:00 GMT


Holiday shoppers took advantage of deep discounting and early sales to lift retail spending in November, with clothing a particular bright spot.
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Quiksilver books mixed Q4 results
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:32:00 GMT


Surf-led apparel business Quiksilver has booked a mixed set of results with sales falling but losses narrowing in its fourth-quarter thanks to the completion of its restructuring.
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Gucci CEO and creative director to step down
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:56:00 GMT


The CEO of Gucci and its creative director are to both step down, French luxury goods group Kering has revealed.
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Gymboree confident of progress despite Q4 loss
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:05:00 GMT


US children's apparel retailer Gymboree Corporation has widened its net loss in the third quarter, but the company says it is making progress with sales up nearly 23%.
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Lululemon Q3 earnings beat expectations
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:58:00 GMT


Canadian yoga wear brand Lululemon Athletica has revealed third-quarter earnings that beat expectations but trimmed its full-year sales forecast.
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Inditex books "strong" 9-month performance
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:29:00 GMT


Spanish clothing retailer Inditex has delivered a "strong" set of third-quarter results, one analyst believes, and reflects the strength of its business model.
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RMG companies join sustainability partnership
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:04:00 GMT


Four RMG companies in Bangladesh have joined a German-led Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, aimed at achieving social, environmental and economic improvements in the sector.
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Wet Seal Q3 losses continue to grow
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:17:00 GMT


Fashion retailer The Wet Seal recorded a wider third-quarter net loss as sales continued to decline across the business.
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Benetton urged to pay into Rana Plaza fund
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:00 GMT


Labour rights campaigners have renewed calls for Italian fashion label Benetton to pay US$5m into a fund set up to help the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.
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Bangladesh factory improvements "will take years"
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:37:00 GMT


Safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories are part of a complex process which will take years to complete, the Dhaka Apparel Summit was told.
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Sports Direct delivers "robust" H1
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:34:00 GMT


UK retailer Sports Direct International has delivered a robust performance in its first-half, analysts have said, with earnings up nearly 10%.
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Former Next exec Angelides A&F CEO candidate
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:00 GMT


Former Next group product director Christos Angelides is one of three candidates in the running for the role of chief executive of US teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.
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US cotton production forecasts cut
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:38:00 GMT


Estimates for US cotton production and ending stocks have been lowered for 2014/15, according to the latest forecasts.
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Jigsaw product director Horspool exits
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:58:00 GMT


Jigsaw product director Barbara Horspool has left the UK fashion retailer after two years in the role to join clothing and homeware retailer The White Company.
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Moss Bros "confident" as second-half sales rise
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:42:00 GMT


Men's formal wear specialist Moss Bros Group has said it continued to make "good progress" in the first 19 weeks of the second half, and remains confident in its outlook.
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SuperGroup H1 below expectations
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:28:00 GMT


Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed first-half earnings that came in below analyst expectations but has reiterated its full-year profit guidance.
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Men's Wearhouse reports Q3 profit decline
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:53:00 GMT


Clothing retailer The Men's Wearhouse recorded a decline in third-quarter profit, despite a notable revenue boost from new acquisition Jos A Bank.
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Wal-Mart promotes McKenna in management re-shuffle
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:50:00 GMT


US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has made a number of management changes including the promotion of Judith McKenna to chief operating officer for the group's US division.
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Prototype of 'bionic bra' developed
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:38:00 GMT


A 'Bionic Bra' that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is a step closer to being launched with the development of a new prototype.
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Oxford Industries moves to Q3 loss
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:09:00 GMT


Oxford Industries, the owner of the Tommy Bahama brand, has moved to a loss in its third-quarter but offered a positive outlook for the remainder of the year despite the "difficult environment".
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Kellwood taps Silverstein as Parker president
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:31:00 GMT


Apparel manufacturer Kellwood Holding has tapped industry veteran Suzanne Silverstein to strengthen and support the growth of its upscale women's clothing brand Parker.
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Maison Lejaby to shed one-third of its workforce
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:55:00 GMT


Upmarket French lingerie maker Maison Lejaby is to axe one-third of its workforce - around 50-60 workers - blaming the political crisis between Russia and Ukraine for a fall in international sales.
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Li & Fung buys Primark supplier May Trading
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:42:00 GMT


Publicly-listed firm by global sourcing giant Li & Fung has bought Primark and Next supplier May Trading Ltd out of administration.
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Adidas defends position over Nike creatives lawsuit
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:04:00 GMT


German sporting giant Adidas has defended its position over a lawsuit filed against three of its designers by their former employer Nike.
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Weiqiao warns of "significant" profit fall
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:09:00 GMT


China's Weiqiao Textile Company has warned of a significant decrease in profit for 2014, blaming the "drastic" fall in China's domestic cotton prices.
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